Eastern Courier : August 26th 2011
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Friday, August 26, 2011 Just click on "latest edition" at www.easter ncourier.co. Online Latest Editions If the advertisement click on it and you will go straight through to the website for more info and offers. glows Flip side of au pair Part of the family: Jonas Hazur, 19, with Liam, Sean, Kathryn and Bruce Patten. Jonas came from Germany under The Campbell Institute's demi au pair programme. Photo: FIONA GOODALL By STEPHANIE FAWCETT Go to www.eastern courier.co.nz to see Jonas at home in Half Moon Bay. MOST people picture a young woman when they think of an au pair. But that s not the case for one Half Moon Bay family. Jonas Hazur came to Auck- land from Germany about two months ago as the Camp- bell Institute s first male demi au pair student. He is like a big brother for Liam and Sean Patten. The boys just love hanging out with the 19-year-old. He likes to play Lego with me and when we were down at our holiday home we played on the tramp, says 10-year-old Liam. He can bounce really high. And he can do back flips, adds Sean, who is nine. The Campbell Institute s demi au pair programme has students from all over the world studying high-level English at the institute s Bucklands Beach campus and provides up to 20 hours of childcare for their host famil- ies.The Patten family learnt about the programme in 2009 but it s been a completely dif- ferent experience this time around. We ve had about seven students stay with us over the years, Kathryn Patten says. We ve always had female students in the past so it s been different having Jonas but it s been great. He really gets on well with the boys and they just love him. The demi au pairs help out around the house with what- ever the families require. That might mean picking the kids up from school or helping with homework, Mrs Patten says. Sometimes they do a bit of light housework and the ones who like cooking tend to do a bit of that. In return, we provide full board and give them $60 a week spending money. It s definitely worth it when you add up the cost of after-school care and babysitters and things like that, she says. Jonas attends English lessons at the institute each morning during the week and regularly goes sightseeing with other students. It s good to live with a family because it s more com- fortable and I ve always liked children, Jonas says. I go on weekend trips away with the other students sometimes. We ve been to Rotorua and Taupo and we went black- water rafting in Waitomo. The Campbell Institute is looking for families to host German demi au pairs for three to six months from September. Visit www.campbell.ac.nz or call 534-4292 for more information on the institute's demi au pair programme.
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